At the commemoration, we prayed and sang and read from Scripture. I preached a short homily. Then we went on a walking tour of African American sites in Florence, of which there are a surprising number. After the walking tour, we celebrated Eucharist together. The next day, I preached a sermon on Jonathan Daniels at both services at Saint David’s. It was a wonderful Jonathan Daniels weekend for me.
Little did I know at the time that a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville in the middle of my Jonathan Daniels weekend. I take some comfort that our diocese and our parish was celebrating Civil Rights as the tragedy was happening.
I fear that more violence is still to come. White nationalists appear to be unrepentant. Thankfully, counter protesters intend to continue to stand up for a more inclusive America. Thankfully many of our leaders are speaking out. Thankfully Christians continue to witness to the good news of great joy for all people. Hopefully we can speak a powerful word of justice and peace.
But for now, I am once again reminded that we have a long way to go before the nightmare that our world is for some becomes the dream that God has for it. May God help us.